Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale | Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States
buffalobillsbrewery.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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#45,234
Reviews:
639
Ratings:
1,199
pDev:
22.15%
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3.01
 
 
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Ratings: 1,199 |  Reviews: 639
Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brewery apparently has been craft brewing before the recent explosion and so is worth a try on that basis alone. Greg, crwills brought this one and thanks. Cinammon and nutmeg is pronounced in a lager, orange with a white head. Astringent and fizzy carbonation.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange with a 1 inch extremely fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Smell is of some malt, spices, and maybe a vegetable pumpkin-esque aroma. Pretty tame overall. Taste is of spices up front with a pumpkin-like malt flavor on the finish. The aftertaste has hints of pumpkin pie. Way too carbonated however, with a soda-like fizzy feel in the mouth. Overall, not a very good pumpkin beer at all. It may be "America's Original" but that doesn't mean it's anything worth drinking.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not my favorite of the pumpkin beers. this one pours a little cloudy with a nice autumn color palate. smell is spice heavy, maybe cloves and nutmeg. i dont smell the pumpkin itself really. taste is again strong on the spice front, with a balanced malt body in the medium range. good in the fall, but there are much better ones out there.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a pretty nice looking amber ale, the head was ever pretty thick leaving some lacing down the glass. The smell was overwhelming, I couldn't believe how strong it smelled of pumpkin and spices. This place doesn't mess around when it comes to flavoring beers. The taste is pretty strong as well. There wasn't too much of a balance really found it hard to get anything else out of it. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad but overall this beer is average to say the least.

I would like to try the Imperial Pumpkin from them just to see the difference.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of metter98
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer poured hazy light orange in color with a finger high off white head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The aroma isn't that strong but has some notes of pumpkins and spices.
T: Flavors of pumpkin spices dominate the overall taste, the pumpkin flavors themselves aren't that strong.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate. There is a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is drinkable and goes down easily, but there's nothing interesting in the smell or taste that would make me want to try this one again.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My girlfriend talked me into buying this one. After not wanting to, I tried one with her and was plesantly suprised. Not a world class beer, but one of the better pumpkin beers out there. A strong, but not dominant, pumpkin and spice aromas and flavors. A decently creamy texture and no vegetable or grain flavors. Mildly sweet and easy on the palate. Finishes fairly clean. I'd probably drink another with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a carrot colore body with a nice head and good lacing

Smell: Overwhelming whiff of pumpkin pie spice on the nose

Taste: As was presaged by the aroma, this is all about the spices; very little pumpkin flavor and no hop balance; finishes sweet

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too sweet and pumpkin pie spicy for my palate

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a golden orange color with a tan, soapy, one-finger head. It did not leave any lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin and nutmeg. There was also a faint cinnamon nose.

T - It tasted of pumpkin, light malt and some nutmeg.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. Not the best, but certainly better than others.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/13/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of bready malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid robustness of bready malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is ok. A little watered down feeling in mouthfeel, but not bad. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid pumpkin ale. All around good balance and solid robustness/complexity of bready malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy pale golden orange in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some golden yellow + peach highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg specifically) and hints of pumpkin.

T: Moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) over the top of some light caramel malts flavors with a hint of sweetness. There is a very light hint of pumpkin towards the finish.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: The beer is easy to drink but there are a lot of more interesting and more complex pumpkin ales available with more pumpkin flavors. I probably would not grab this one again but I would not suggest avoiding it.

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Photo of chinchill
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Porter Bar goblet.

Appearance: clear dark brown body with orange-red highlights and a frothy, medium size tan head that reduces to a ring.

Aroma: artificial vanilla and holiday spices with a hints of baked bread and baked winter squash.

Flavor: Lightly sweet with some roast pumpkin flavor; over spiced and the spice mix i not very appealing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with light carbonation; smooth.

Overall: not bad but nearing that mark.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin is a highly carbonated copper colored brew, with a small, watery head. The aroma is full of sweet spices, cinnamon dominates with something sweeter, like nutmeg, lurking underneath. Taste is more of the same, the cinnamon is strong, almost like an Altoid or some schnapps. A mild malt body tries to keep the cinnamon from running wild. Nothing I can identify as pumpkin is present. Mouthfeel is watery and leaves no finish. This is very one-dimensional, but for some reason I still enjoy the strong cinnamon taste. This is definently a beer that will turn a lot of people off. Even though I like it, I doubt I could drink more than one of these in a session and I definently won't pick this up unless I can get it as a single.

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2.65/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkins, spices, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet but a little fruitier than most others in the style. There are the typical flavors of pumpkins and spices but there also seems to be some other fruits. The malt character is very thin and there's a very faint hops presence. As a result, there isn't much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Kind of flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, the sweetness and lack of hops doesn't bother me with this beer because it's a Pumpkin Ale. I think the only thing that separates this beer from others in the style is the much lighter malt character. However, for this style, that is a very significant and detrimental difference.

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Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 1,199 ratings